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About Monarcheon

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    My job as a theorist and reviewer is not to force changes or ideologies into your music, but to make you question your decisions and beliefs in the process. Being able to defend your ideas not only makes you a better musician but a better-equipped human being, and ultimately, it's our job to be both, even while only exercising one at any given time.
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    Cooking, Music, Drama
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    Gershwin, Ravel, Webern, Shostakovich
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    Maximalist, Modern-Classical, Musical Theatre
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    Finale 25, Logic Pro X
  • Instruments Played
    Cello, Guitar (classical), Piano, Violin, Percussion, Conductor

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  1. I'm not seeing your premise that the bass feels like triple meter. If the meter is isochronous (for simplicity's sake, the pulse is steady), then the "&" you mention should just feel like an absent beat 4. My guess is that it's the tempo for you.
  2. Violin/voice not matching up with the piano's melodic suspensions becomes more of an issue as time goes on. Around 2:15, the new melody in the violin having entire whole notes on hypermetric positions 2 and 4 is really off-putting and momentum-halting when the alto parts don't have much meaningful material. Ending is not as dramatic as I think you may hear it. Sounds tacked on.
  3. Since "al" means "to the", is that weird as a downbeat syllable? I speak Spanish, but text setting it is a different story. Anyway: m. 11: Not a huge fan of the harmonic anticipation of V over i, since it takes a half-beat in order to execute. m. 13: A bit of an awkward-sounding piano part in the right hand. Triadic, but also leap-y. m. 15: I don't see the reason for a chromatic passage there. Comical tone shift in something that doesn't really set itself that way. m. 18, beat 2: Again with the dominant over tonic voicing, but this time it just sounds kind of wrong instead of like a choice since it's arpeggiated in the bass. m. 25: 8-9 bass suspension in piano and tenor is harsh. Less of a problem between tenor and soprano. m. 38: major seventh between bass and alto as a 7-8 suspension sounds awkward in the ii half diminished setting. Piano's fine.
  4. Around 2:40. Before that I can clearly here the difference between ride cymbal and closed hi-hat. In the section after I just hear a bunch of unyielding ride cymbals ("double" meaning two per beat without any sort of meter hierarchy), that themselves don't really seem to have a hierarchy. I could hear the snare and it's backbeat function, but the cymbals still seem a little bit unidiomatic to me. Maybe I'm overthinking it.
  5. III. Something about the repeated melody note in the chord after the main figure irked me for some reason. It's okay when the chord is repeated. Beaming in mm. 29-37. I know it's trying to highlight the figure, but it just comes off as confusing. The repeat to the beginning maybe should happen a little earlier (or a different transition), since the restart seems a little strange after a winddown passage like that. Good counterpoint before the subito. Not a huge fan of the ending. Couldn't really tell you why, unfortunately. Felt like a buildup, I guess.
  6. I like your fearlessness of the inner chords juxtaposed against the implied bass harmony. If there's one thing for me, the unchanging texture began to bother me after a bit, and you should probably have something for your soprano to sing (vowels, etc.). Also, why the 4 bars at the end?
  7. In terms of the video, putting the score up was next to useless; couldn't see anything on it. The music is nice, but I feel like there's a lot of suspensions. Spacing the chords with extended harmony might be nice *sometimes*, since sometimes your use of them is pretty clever already.
  8. Some strange polychords built up in the climactic section. It does create some tension, but mostly I just get confused by the voice leading whenever there's a cadence.
  9. At the end; the V/vi resolving to I was a little surprising. Also, I'm not sure double ride cymbals on every beat in that section is the best idea, though maybe I just couldn't hear the playback's backbeat accent.
  10. Why do you give the piano proper sixteenth notes but the viola you give the double line "tremolo"? In my many years of playing a string instrument, I've never seen 1 or 2 beamed tremolos unless the music was decently fast-paced.
  11. Yeah I'd go so far to say most if not all the transitions suffer in some way. Just changing things suddenly definitely has a place! The famous transition to Section 6 of Reich's "Music for 18 Musicians" is a good example, but if you hear in Section 5, that process is already happening subtly in the background. Let your transitions breathe a bit.
  12. Your opening is what's catching my ear the most. The voice exchanged F# and G between the melody and the bass in m. 1 is a little odd, also it results in accented parallel fifths in beat 3. The perfect fourth going to the m7 in m. 2 creates a strange parallel dissonance that is resolved unidiomatically by octave retardation. P5's in m. 3, and in beats 3 and 4, you only have dissonant (m9) or open intervals (P5, P4).
  13. @jawoodruff covers lots of good points. I'll just chime in and say high A-flat's in a diminuendo to pp and B's in mf are going to get you some angry looks from soprano's (mostly because soprano's are divas).
  14. The main rule broken here is crossed voices, where a voice in a given timepoint is above a note from the higher voice from the previous timepoint. I also think the treatment of harmony is kind of weird. It likes to meander with a lot of implied dominants not resolving properly in the schema. Also, please make sure to review other member's works here. It's great you're learning, but we all want to as well.
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